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26 August 2017 
Issue No: 42 


Grenfell Fire 
Response News 


Temporary move for The Curve over 
Notting Hill Carnival weekend 

The community assistance centre at The Curve will temporarily move to 
The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4LH until 
Monday 28 August, so that people from Grenfell Tower and the Lancaster 
West estate can continue to access support and vital services over the 
Notting Hill Carnival weekend. 

The community assistance centre will be based in the Sentosa Suite 
of the Millennium Gloucester Hotel. The opening times will be: 

• Saturday 26 August, 10am to 8pm 

• Sunday 27 August, 10am to 8pm 

• Monday 28 August, 10am to 8pm 

A shuttle bus service will also be in place over the weekend to take people 
from their hotels to the Millennium Gloucester Hotel. 

For more information about the shuttle bus service over that weekend, 
people can talk to their Key Workers. The information will also be given 
to the reception desks of hotels. 


Notting Hill Carnival to hold one 
minute’s silence this weekend 

The Notting Hill Carnival will host a minute’s silence on Sunday 27 
August and Monday 28 August, taking place on both days at 3pm. 
Hundreds of thousands of spectators, performers and musicians will 
fall silent in order to commemorate and respect all the people who lost 
their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire. 


Mental health support at the 
Notting Hill Carnival 

The NHS will be running pop-up clinics over the Notting Hill Carnival 
for people who need to talk to a professional about mental health 
support, or just want to talk to someone in a safe space. NHS staff 
will be available to talk to and will be clearly identifiable in labelled 
t-shirts from Sunday 27 to Monday 28 August, 11 am to 11pm. 


IN THIS EDITION 


1 Temporary move for 
The Curve 

1 Notting Hill Carnival to hold 
one minute’s silence 

1 Mental health support at the 
Notting Hill Carnival 

2 Activities for children and 
young people this summer 

2 Public health advice 

2 Emotional Support at the 
Mercure Kensington hotel 

2 Coffee morning for women 
at Al Manaar 

2 Pop-up shop at the 
Millennium Hotel 

3 Overnight support at the 
Baseline Studios 

3 Pop-up clinics for mental 
health support 

3 Further emotional support 

4 Housing update 

4 Parent information evenings 


What is this newsletter for? 

This is the forty-second edition 
of the Grenfell Fire Response 
Team newsletter. We want to 
keep you up to date with all 
the latest information and 
services available to help. 

The newsletter is also available 
in Arabic and Farsi languages. 
For regular updates please follow 
us on Twitter @grenfellsupport 

and on Facebook at facebook. 
com/grenfellsupport or visit 
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Activities for 
children and 
young people 
this summer 

There are a range of activities 
planned to support parents in 
the local community to entertain 
children and young people 
during the summer holidays. 


Drop-in and play 
football programme 

QPR, Westway Sports Centre, 
and other local organisations 
are providing a free drop-in 
and play football programme 
for 4 to 18 year olds from the 
local community. 

Sessions are taking place 
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm 
at the Westway Sports Centre and 
the programme is being delivered 
by professional DBS qualified staff. 


Summer in the City 

There are hundreds of events and 
activities taking place for children, 
young people and their families this 
summer across central London. 


You can pick up a leaflet at 
locations across the borough 
or find out more at www. 
mysummerinthecity.org.uk 


Grenfell community day 
at Kensal Library 

Families and local people 
are invited to Kensal Library, 

20 Golborne Road, W10 5PF, 
on Wednesday 30 August, 

10am to 4pm. People can enjoy 
refreshments, talk to new people 
and old friends, and take part in 
a wide range of fun activities for 
the whole family. No booking is 
required, just come and enjoy 
the day. 


Public health advice 

Public Health England (PHE) publishes weekly air quality reports online, 
which collect data from around the site of Grenfell Tower. These reports 
continue to show low levels of air pollution. The most recent report, 
published on 24 August, can be found online along with further public 
health advice at www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health- 
advice-following-the-grenfell-tower-fire 


Emotional support at the Mercure 
Kensington Hotel from the Samaritans 

Volunteers from the Samaritans are visiting the Mercure Kensington 
Hotel, 1A Lexham Gardens, Kensington, W8 5JJ on Monday 28 August, 
from 7pm to 10pm to offer emotional support, help explore peoples’ 
options, and listen to concerns of people affected by the Grenfell Tower 
fire. Please ask the reception desk on arrival and they will direct you 
to the correct room. 


Further support is available by calling the free Samaritans helpline 
on 116 123. The line is open 24 hours a day. 

Samaritans can also offer face-to-face service in many of their 
branches. To find out details of your nearest branch, please visit 

www.samaritans.org/branches 


Coffee morning for women at Al Manaar 

Women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire can come to a free coffee 
morning to come together to talk, offer support and meet new people. 
The sessions take place every Thursday from 10am to 12 midday, 
and refreshments and a creche are also provided. 

The coffee mornings are part of a series of drop-in counselling sessions 
held by the Al Manaar in order for local people to gain support by talking 
with each other with trained professionals. 


People can email info@mchc.org.uk or call 020 8964 1496 for 

more information. 


Pop-up shop at the Millennium Hotel 

There will be a pop-up shop at Millennium Hotel, 4-18 Harrington 
Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 4LH, where local people from 
Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk can access new clothes that have 
been donated to them. The shop will be open from 10am to 8pm 
until Monday 28 August. All the donations in the pop-up shop are 
new items that are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Please make sure to bring ID when you arrive. 


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Overnight 
support at the 
Baseline Studios 

People affected by the Grenfell 
Tower fire who are feeling 
depressed, anxious or struggling 
to sleep, are invited to come to 
Baseline Studios, Whitchurch 
Road, W11 4AT, from 8pm to 
3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and 
Wednesdays to relax, have a cup 
of tea and talk to someone. 

The free drop-in sessions are 
run in English however support 
is offered for a range of other 
languages including Arabic, 

Urdu, Somali, Farsi, Albanian, 
Hindi, Punjabi and Serbo-Croat. 


For more information about 
overnight support, please 
call 07397 871 877 or email 
info@totalfamilycoaching. 
co.uk 


Pop-up clinics for mental health support 

The NHS is offering daily pop-up clinics for families and children, 
seven days a week, so people can talk to a specialist about health 
issues and mental health support. All services are free and confidential 
for people to use. 


The sessions take place each day at the following locations: 


• Mondays, 3pm to 5pm 
at The Harrow Club, 

187 Freston Road, W10 6TH 

• Tuesdays, 3pm to 7pm 

at The Clement James Centre, 
95 Sirdar Road, W11 4EQ 

• Wednesdays, 4pm to 8pm 

at Kensington Leisure Centre, 
Silchester Road, W10 6EX 

• Thursdays, 4pm to 8pm 

at Latymer Community Church, 
116 Bramley Road, W10 6SU 


• Fridays, 4pm to 8pm 

at The Muslim Cultural Heritage 
Center, 244 Acklam Road, 

W10 5YG 

• Saturdays, 4pm to 8pm 

at Maxillla Community Space, 

4 Maxilla Walk, W10 6NQ 

• Sundays, 4pm to 8pm 

at Westway Sports Centre, 

1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP 


You can find out more information on these clinics at 

www.cnwl.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/Grenfell-flyer.pdf 


For further information people can call 0800 0234 650 or email 
cnw-tr.spa@nhs.net. The line is open 24 hours a day. 


Further emotional support 

There are lots of services available if you or an adult or young person you know is feeling traumatised 
by the Grenfell Tower fire. 


Support for adults and young 
people over the phone 

• People who need an urgent 
mental health response can 
call the NHS 24-hour support 
line on 0800 0234 650 or email 

cnw-tr.spa@nhs.net. Please 
let the operator know you are 
calling as a result of the 
Grenfell Tower fire. 

• For practical or emotional support 
people can call the British Red 
Cross helpline on 0800 458 9472. 
The line is open from 9am to 
5pm, Monday to Friday. 

• Adults and young people can 
also call the free Samaritans 
helpline on 116 123. The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 


• People under 25 can call Childline 
any time on 0800 11 11 to talk to 
a trained counsellor any time, 
day or night. 

• CALM offers support to men, 

on 0808 802 58 58 or visit 
www.thecalmzone.net. 

The line is open every day 
from 5pm to 12 midnight. 

Support for children with 
disabilities and learning 
difficulties 

• Full of Life Kensington and 
Chelsea is providing outreach 
counselling to parents of children 
with disabilities. 


Visit www.fulloflifekc.com 

for more information. 


Online support 

• Kooth.com is a free online 
counselling service for children 
aged 11 to 19. 

• NHSGo.uk provides health 
information for young people 
under the age of 25, including 
advice on coping with stress 
after a major incident. 


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What help 
is on offer? 

Anyone who would like to speak 
to the police in relation to the 
investigation into the fire are 
asked to contact the Met Police 

on 0800 032 4539. 

Other important contacts 

Bereavement support 

Call the Freephone helpline 

on 0808 808 1677 or email 
helpline@cruse.org.uk. 

The line is open 24 hours a day. 

Replacement UK passports, 
visas or immigration queries 

Call our advice line on 

0300 222 0000. The line 
is open 24 hours. 

Air quality and smoke exposure 

If you have concerns about 
any symptoms, please see 
your doctor or call NHS 111. 

Housing support 

If you have any questions about 
housing or want to find out who 
your housing officer is please 
call 0800 137 111 or 
020 7361 3008. 

Victim support 

Call 0808 1689 111 for practical 
and emotional support, or visit 

victimsupport.org.uk. The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 

You can also get physical and 
mental support at the Grenfell 
Assistance Centre. Find out 
more by calling 07712 231 133. 

You can also call the Red Cross 
helpline on 0800 458 9472. 

The line is open from 9am to 5pm, 
Monday to Friday. 

For regular updates please 
follow us on Twitter at 

@grenfellsupport and on 
Facebook at facebook.com/ 
grenfellsupport, or visit 
www.grenfellresponse.org.uk 


Housing update 

Finding housing solutions that work for everyone directly affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire remains our absolute priority and we are 
working hard to achieve this. 

Offers of temporary accommodation are being made on a daily basis, 
but we know that families will have concerns around this process 
and the idea of accepting a temporary home. So far, 177 offers of 
accommodation have been made 58 offers have been accepted 
and 23 households rehoused. 


Government has given commitments to help reassure families that: 


• their needs are paramount, 
all other considerations are 
secondary to these 

• their rent will not increase and 
the same terms and conditions 
of their previous home at 
Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk will 
be maintained 

• they will have lifetime security 
of tenure 

• they will not be forced to stay in 
temporary accommodation on a 
long-term basis 

• accepting an offer of temporary 
accommodation does not mean 
that they lose priority for a 
permanent home 


• no one has to accept a 
particular property and not 
accepting a property does 
not mean that they will be 
made intentionally homeless 

• temporary homes will be rent 
and utility bill free for 12 months 

• for some cases, if they like their 
temporary home, there is the 
potential for it to become their 
permanent home (this will be 
discussed when the home is 
offered to them). 


More information is available on the 
housing line on 020 7361 3008 


Information evenings for Kensington 
Aldridge Academy parents 

Kensington Aldridge Academy is hosting information evenings for 
parents of school pupils. The evenings will be taking place at Burlington 
Danes Academy, Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 OHR. 

The dates of the information evenings for parents of each year 
group are: 

• Year 12 and Year 13, Friday 1 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

• Year 7, Monday 4 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

• Year 8, Tuesday 5 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

• Year 9, Wednesday 6 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

• Year 10, Thursday 7 September, 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

For more information email info@kaa.org.uk or visit www.kaa.org.uk/ 
letters-to-parents 


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